Missing Revit Templates

October 13, 2022 Cherisse Biddulph

Before embarking on your Revit class or using the ASCENT guides for self-study, be sure that the Revit content is installed not only for the Revit families, but also for the Revit templates.  

If you have installed the Revit content package and are greeted by a message stating the path specified for default family templates is empty or invalid, you still have some work to do before you can utilize your Revit software. 

Thankfully, most Revit messages will have a link that takes you to the online Help documentation that gives further information on what needs to be done. 


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Here are a few steps you can take to resolve this message: 

  1. Have your IT professional verify the Revit content is installed and the folders are in the correct destination location.  

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  1.  Open the Revit Options dialog box and click on File Locations.  

  • If you do not know where that is located, open Revit Help and search for Options Dialog: File Locations Tab. 

  1. Add the Revit project templates that you will be using by clicking the green plus symbol, navigating to the Templates folder (hint: the path location in the above image), and selecting the template. The only template that does not have the same name as the intended discipline is the architectural template, which is called Default.rte for imperial and DefaultMetric.rte for metric. 

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I hope this blog is helpful because missing Revit content and templates is very frustrating and can delay your progress while learning or while working on a project. Visit the ASCENT website for more of my blogs and webcasts, or take a look at ASCENT’s Revit learning guides

About the Author

Cherisse Biddulph

Learning Content Developer<br><br>Cherisse is an Autodesk Certified Professional for Revit as well as an Autodesk Certified Instructor. She brings over 19 years of industry, teaching, and technical support experience to her role as a Learning Content Developer with ASCENT. With a passion for design and architecture, she received her Associates of Applied Science in Architectural Drafting and Design with a four-year core curriculum in Interior Design and has worked in the industry assisting firms with their CAD management and software implementation needs as they modernize to a Building Information Modeling (BIM) design environment. Cherisse continues to expand her knowledge in the ever evolving AEC industry and the software used to support it.

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